Flu jab 2020: Does getting the flu jab give me any protection against coronavirus?

Boots announced this summer it had opened its flu vaccination booking system early, as unprecedented demand for the vaccine is expected this year.

Anne Higgins, Director of Pharmacy at Boots UK, said: “As COVID-19 continues to be present in the UK, it is more important than ever for people to consider getting their flu vaccination.

“Although the flu vaccination does not prevent COVID-19, both of these viruses have an impact on the respiratory system so if you can prevent flu, it can be a huge benefit to your overall health including your immune system.

“We also know that winter is a particularly busy time for GPs and hospitals so getting vaccinated early to protect against flu could help reduce the risk of the NHS becoming overwhelmed with both cases of flu and COVID-19.”